ACCORDING TO KYLE DAVIS EXPERIENCE IN KENYA;
The biggest mistake people make: People see Africa but they never see Kenya.
What the hell do I mean by that?
People come to see Masai Mara, the wild animals, and the big marble shopping malls. But that’s not Kenya. That’s a postcard vacation.
The real magic of Kenya is upcountry when you experience the incredible hospitality of extremely poor farmers who make you freshly made Chai Tea with too much sugar.
And they tell you stories of growing up, their dreams for their children and the bride price they paid. The best experiences of Kenya happen when I hit a pothole, destroyed my tire and complete strangers helped me find a new tire.
There is a sense that “The West” is more advanced than Kenya. But at what? Bridges, toilets, banking systems? Sure but that seems like a Pyrrhic victory compared to the heart of Kenya.
As a foreigner, the easiest way to see the heart is to go to a concert like Blankets and Wine. People don’t dance with that much heart on any other continent.
Tourists going to deep Kibera without an escort. It is very dangerous, some people are often robbed.
ACCORDING TO ADZALLA EXPERIENCE;
Tourists going to deep Kibera without escort. It is very dangerous, some people are often robbed. Entering the driver’s seat instead of the passenger’s seat.
Forgetting their phones or wallet at a cafe or restaurant expecting to find it. Helplessly looking for the recycling bin.
Eating hard-boiled eggs and muturaa and later getting diarrhea. Drinking water from the tap. Entering a matatu full of con men and pickpockets
FROM MARK CLARK VIEW;
The biggest mistake? Arriving at Nairobi, getting off an incredibly long flight from a right-hand drive nation.
Late in the day, jumping into the driver’s seat of an unfamiliar vehicle, and expecting to drive through the night 300 miles to the Coast on the “wrong” side of the road on one of the most dangerous highways in the world.
I’ve seen the remains of twisted metal when these vehicles meet head-on with careening trucks or buses. Biggest mistake? Last mistake.